BVI 400m Hurdler Kyron McMaster out of Pan Am Games

Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
BVI Pan Am Games Media Contact

400m hurdler, Kyron McMaster clearing the first hurdle during the 2018 NACAC Championships in Toronto PHOTO: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

LIMA, Peru – Ahead of the August 6 start of the track and field competitions at the 18th Pan Am Games now in progress in Lima, Peru, one of the BVI’s medal prospects – 400m hurdler Kyron McMaster – is out of the competition in which he would have made his games debut on opening day.

Confirmation came from both the BVI Athletics Association and BVI Olympic Committee Presidents, Steve Augustine and Ephraim Penn, in a joint statement after McMaster’s visited a specialist on Tuesday.

“It is well known that Kyron McMaster experienced some difficulties in his last Diamond League outing. Since then, he’s been seen by some of the best Sports Medicine Doctors,” Augustine said in a statement. “Currently receiving treatment, he’s already taking on light workouts and remains in good spirits about his health. With continued rest and treatment, he’s expected to compete in Doha. This of course means missing out on Pan Am.”

Augustine’s statement added: “Although the BVI will showcase one less athlete at the games, we are confident that our possibilities remain unchanged. Leading into the IAAF World Championships, we will continue to update the public on Kyron’s competition schedule.”

Meanwhile, the BVIOC who has direct responsibility for entering McMaster in the games, also confirmed that that he will not compete

“As from the BVIOC, we can confirm that he has an injury and will not be competing in the Pan Am Games,” Penn said in a statement. “Further, he is presently undergoing extensive treatment and we will advise the public accordingly.”

McMaster, who last faced the starter’s gun in his pet event during the London Anniversary Games on July 20 but did not complete the race, stopping after the first hurdle, said he had wanted to compete in the Pan Am Games.

“Due to circumstances it can’t be done, but we have no choice to be ready for Worlds in a short period of time,” McMaster said of the IAAF World Championships scheduled for Doha, Qatar, September 27 – October 6. “This will be the season to test my true athleticism.”

Additional Pan Am Games reports and interviews with Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway, will be carried on CBN 90.9 FM at 5.00 p.m. through August 5th and then at 9.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., from August 6 – 11. There’s a 9 a.m. wrap up on Aug 12.

Kyron McMaster wins Men’s 400m hurdles in Zurich Diamond League, Switzerland

Source: BVI Platinum

National record holder, Kyron McMaster has produced another outstanding performance on the world stage, to win the Men’s 400m hurdles in Zurich Diamond League, Switzerland on August 24.

His time was 48.07 seconds, just a touch slower than his 47.80, a world-leading time for 2017, which he established in May during the Jamaica invitational.

The time was good enough to beat the reigning World Champion Gold Medalist, Karsten Warholm of Norway, and Bronze Medalist, Kerron Clement of the USA.

This comes just over a month after he placed second in the 400m Hurdles at the 2017 IAAF Diamond League, Muller Anniversary Games in London last month.


McMaster, who is trained by one of the Territory’s longest-serving coaches, Xavier “Dag” Samuels, has his eyes set on the world record of 46.69 seconds.

BVI’s Kyron McMaster places 2nd in 400m Hurdles at 2017 IAAF Diamond League

Source: BVI News online

British Virgin Islands athlete Kyron McMaster finished second in the Men’s 400m Hurdles at the prestigious Müller Anniversary Games in London on July 9, 2017 – his first international clash since May when he set a world leading 47.80 seconds in Jamaica.

He also became the first male athlete from the British Virgin Islands to participate in an IAAF Diamond League event.

McMaster, who led the race beyond the final hurdle, was clipped near the finish line by Trinidad-born, Clement Kerron who competes for the United States.

Kerron clocked a Season’s Best of 48.02 to beat McMaster who finished in 48.12 seconds.

Copello Yasmani was third in 48.24 at the event held in the former Olympic Stadium, London.

This race comes weeks before the IAAF World Championships in London where McMaster will try to win the BVI’s first medal at such top-level event.